Pad on, DRS isnít watching
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"The Hawk-Eye utilised by the broadcasters here had it as plumb lbw while the one used by Sky TV in the UK had it as the umpire's call (not out)," wrote Pringle. "So perhaps the Indian Board does have a point when it cites Hawk-Eye's lack of accuracy as its main reason for not using it."
It's hard to say whether the DRS would have had a positive or negative effect on this Test. But Pujara wouldn't have padded up so often to an offie had it been in place. And its availability in some series and its absence in others seems to have affected how umpires judge appeals.
Earlier this year, the Pakistan-England series in the UAE established a new record for LBWs in a single series, with 43 in three Test matches.
In this series, with no DRS, it took till Day Three for the first two LBWs, of which one clearly looked not out and the other ó Stuart Broad off Zaheer Khan ó was probably headed down leg too. Both decisions were given by Dar.
Dar, the ICC Umpire of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011, is known to be almost unimpeachable by technology. During the 2011 World Cup, for instance, not one of his decisions was overruled upon referral. But at Motera, without the beady eye of DRS hovering above him, he hasn't looked anywhere near as infallible.